Iconic former Valencia president Arturo Tuzon died peacefully yesterday at the age of 82.
One of the most important figures in the club’s recent history, Tuzon took over the club in 1986 following their relegation to the second division, and during his seven-year tenure reclaimed their status as a top flight club once again.
When he took over, the mismanagement from the previous board had left the club in €13 million worth of debt, but he was involved in the economic recovery of the club with a policy of austerity and integrity.
Turzon also oversaw the addition of two of the most important foreign players in Los Che’s history, Bulgarian attacker Lubo Penev and Montenegro striker Predrag Mijatovic.
Following a disagreement with members of the boards, and also members of the playing squad, including then-coach Guus Hiddink, he took the decision to leave the club in November 1993.
Tuzon’s funeral is set to take place on Saturday afternoon in the municipal cemetary in Valencia.